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Jan 26, 2012 01:11 PM

Winter Market in Brookline this weekend (1/28)

I just got an email from my neighbor who is on the Brookilne town board:

As part of Climate Action Week, there will be a pilot Winter Market this coming Saturday (1/28) from 11-2 at the Department of Health, just off Washington Street in Brookline Village.
There will be fresh produce, local provisions, etc. Some of us are hoping that Brookline will sponsor a permanent local goods & food market such as Somerville, Cambridge, Dorchester, D.C. and Philly, to name a few, enjoy.
Support for this effort on Saturday will show that Brookline could also establish a year-round market. Please let your friends know.

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  1. thank you - am putting on my facebook page! we'll be there.

    1. Good to know. Actually the Public Health Building is on Harvard St. across from St. Mary's Catholic Church although the town parking lot can be reached from either Washington or Harvard St.

      1. Sounds great, but how do they expect it to succeed with no publicity? I live in Brookline and have heard nothing about it.

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        1. re: BobB

          Don't you get email from the town? And it was in the TAB last week- part of Climate Action Week.
          Town of Brookline, MA

          1. re: Berheenia

            Email from the town? Never! Even though I've registered with them and pay my town bills on line. Checked the Tab - one tiny mention in the middle of a long dead-boring list of events.

            Hopefully after this one happens there'll be an actual writeup of it in next week's edition.

            1. re: BobB

              Here's another event you never heard of but I'll post something closer to the day

              2012 Have a Heart Chocolate Extravaganza
              Sunday, Feb 12 12:00p
              at Holiday Inn Brookline, Brookline, MA

              This benefits the Brookline food pantry and last year there were 20 vendors so should be a bargain at 10 or 15 bucks a head, depending on your age.

        2. We checked it out - not bad, though nothing like what you'll find at, say, the Somerville winter market.

          Outdoors there were two produce vendors (Stillman and another from Western Mass whose name I forget) with a decent selection of winter stuff and a few items from Florida organic farms (tomatoes, grapefruit), plus Allandale Farms selling eggs only.

          Indoors, in a VERY overcrowded space, were vendors of whole grains & flour, pastries, chocolates, and a nice variety of fresh & dried wild mushrooms. Also lots of proselytizers for everything from vegetarianism to bike riding.

          If they want this thing to take off they'll need to find a lot more vendors (meats and cheeses would be particularly welcome) and a larger indoor space - outdoor shopping was quite pleasant on this sunny 40° day, but would be considerably less so in more typical winter weather.

          Now I'm off to the Somerville market to get some of those amazingly tasty barnyard-raised chickens.

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          1. re: BobB

            sorry to say it was far too jammed to be pleasant inside and far too little was offered to make it worth the visit. Hope they'll get the hang of it. I'd love it to succeed but today wasn't impressive.

            1. re: teezeetoo

              We got there early and it was starting to get crowded but still enjoyed the fact that the vendors were local and although too early for me, the lunch offering from Karoo looked really good. The outside vendors remarked that they were usually housed indoors at winter markets and if the weather hadn't been unseasonably mild yesterday it would have been not such a pleasant experience. The produce exceeded my expectation of only root vegetables. I hope the town can find a better location and learn from their mistakes. There appears to be a real interest in having a winter market in Brookline.

            2. re: BobB

              BobB, was the second produce vendor Enterprise Farms? They have a collection of small farms from Florida to New Endland that supply them with goods in the winter.


              1. re: BobB

                I got to drop off my styrofoam and get my paper stuff shredded. We also bought some wheat berries and honey from vendors inside.

                1. re: BobB

                  I agree, as a test run I think it was a decent start, but they need a bigger indoor area and more meat vendors.

                2. Any word on whether this will be repeated, and hopefully expanded?

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                  1. re: BobB

                    It was part of a climate action week project so I doubt it will become regular. I'm not counting it out because there is, it seems, more demand for space at the summer farmer's market, with a lot coming from non-farmer food purveyors. That might at some point work.

                    I did buy some celery root and grated it. It was the freshest celery root I've had in a long time, not woody at all.